The School has forged good links with Marissa Wort, Principal Consultant, at Now Education who this year is supporting The National Deaf Children Society. Staff have learnt ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ in sign language at their NOW offices and have had a lot of fun doing it. This is something they are keen to promote in other Schools for children to learn possibly during nativity plays/Christmas activities (Marissa has also offered to visit Schools to show children how it is done). Click here to watch the video they have made and any donations to their justgiving page would be gratefully received JUSTGIVING/NOWEDUCATION
Once again Elmwood School paid tribute to the fallen during their annual Remembrance Service which took place on Thursday 9th November. Special guests at the event were members of the Staffordshire Regiment and The Royal British Legion Riders Branch. Leading up to the event pupils had been busy making and decorating cakes/biscuits to give to our special guests. Mr Francis, DT Teacher, had also produced fabulous leather key rings in the shape of the Staffordshire Knot which were presented to our guests as a thank you for attending. Clay poppies were made by pupils with the help of Mr Collins, Art Teacher, which made a beautiful display. Parents and Carers were also invited to attend and take part in the remembrance service and a big thank you to all who came along. The behaviour and respect shown by pupils was exemplary especially during the two minutes silence; well done to all you made everyone proud. Donations of £27.50 were raised through cake sales which has been added to our poppy sales collecting box. Pupils were also given the opportunity to sit on the motorbikes at the end of the service which was very popular. Finally a big thank you to Ms Shaw, Food Technology Teacher, who made all the above possible. Further pictures are available on our photo gallery page.
The Variety Club improves the lives of children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged. They are now calling on the support of the local community to help win funding as part of the Aviva Community Fund 2017. Our young people and their families benefit from the Variety Club with free tickets to West Midlands Safari Park each year as well as pupils being invited to the Christmas Parties for which funding is being sought. To help support this good cause click here and submit your vote before 20th November 2017. Many thanks in advance from the Variety Club.
Members of our School Council have raised and discussed at recent meetings how they can inform other Schools about their medical diagnoses. In particular they want to share their own experiences and hopefully help others to recognise behaviours that may show through medical conditions such as ADHD and Autism. By getting their voices heard and explaining the reasons behind certain behaviours, this may help prevent pupils from being excluded, singled out or made to feel they are at fault. Options discussed by the members included Mr Hubbard, Headteacher, speaking with other Headsteachers, school council members attending local school assemblies however this may cause considerable pressure when speaking publically to a large audience or to make a video to this effect. Below is what Sophie in Year 9 and Thomas in Year 11 had to say when talking with Bev Bailey, our Family Support Worker. A big thank you also to Matt Webb, Teacher, who helped to produce the video. Any comments or feedback would be welcomed by the School Council members. Thank you for watching.
As part of ‘World Mental Health Awareness Day’ held on Tuesday 10th October 2017, the PE department organised an event called ‘the mellow yellow mile’ in order to help raise awareness around mental health. Overall the majority of pupils and staff completed the mile with most wearing something yellow for the day; and the sun shone too. We were also pleased that a number of parents came along to not only support the cause but to join in the event.
Thank you to all those who completed the mile. We hope that this event together with the hard work during lessons during the day will help to spread the awareness of our emotional and mental health.
A big thank you to everyone who came along and supported our MacMillan Coffee Morning event on Friday 29th September. Our Year 9 pupils acted as hosts and warmly welcomed parents/carers and their extended families to this lovely social event. Ms Shaw, Food Technology Teacher, once again directed and supported students in producing an array of delicious cakes which were soon devoured. As a result we were able to raise £133 for this good cause which is an excellent achievement.
The 2017 results acknowledged some fantastic achievements as a whole cohort as well as specific pupils. There have been many changes to the way in which GCSEs have been recorded but this shouldn’t take away from the dedication and hard work by pupils during their time at Elmwood School. A successful achievement across the core subjects was that 92% of Year 11’s achieved a GCSE B-D equivalent in English and 62% of Year 11’s achieved a GCSE B-D equivalent in Maths; we also saw 80% of the BTEC First Award in Performing Arts cohort secure at least a Level 1 Pass and the same for the cohort in BTEC First Award in Sport. Particular acknowledgement goes to Shani Scott who has become the first pupil EVER to achieve 5 x A*-C GCSE (equivalents), setting a challenging target for the current Year 11’s who are taking it very seriously and truly believe they too can achieve that (or even better).
92% of Year 11’s have secured a Post 16 destination and look forward to commencing the next steps of their education with the continued support from Bev Bailey and the rest of the Elmwood Learning Community (past and present).
Our annual sports day took place on 20th July 2017 with Murray house team winning the title; this means after five years of sports day all house teams have won the house cup. It has taken Murray a long time to win and they even did it in style breaking numerous school records along the way. Well done to all those who competed on the day and thank you to all the parents and carers who came along to support the pupils (despite the initial rain!). Photographs are on the photo gallery page of the website.
The final results and new school records are recorded below.
New school records
|Event||House||Pupil||Time / Distance|
|400m Yr 7 & 8||Murray||Rico Maritza Yates||1.15.43 sec|
|Race Walking Yr 7 & 8||Ennis||Sophie Clewley||1:10:43 sec|
|Race Walking Yr 9 & 10||Wiggins||Jamie Ashford||1:09:06 sec|
|Shot Put Yr 9 & 10||Ainslie||Harrison Bickley||10.13m|
|Javelin Yr 7 & 8||Ainslie||Tyler Nutting||21.05m|
|Triple Jump Yr 7 & 8||Murray||Rico Maritza Yates||7.50m|
|Triple Jump Yr 9 & 10||Wiggins||Carl French||7.16m|
|High Jump Yr 7 & 8||Murray||Rico Maritza Yates||1.45m|
Sports day results
- Murray 340 points
- Wiggins 330 points
- Ainslie 310 points
- Ennis 304 points
BTEC Sport and Sports Leaders
We are very proud to announce that four year 11 pupils secured a pass in BTEC Sport. Three pupils secured a Level 1 pass while one pupil secured an overall Level 2 pass. These results are the School’s best ever from any BTEC Sport cohort. So well done to Shani, Jordan, Reace and Liam for all their hard work over the two year course.
On Thursday 6th July our Year 10 wider key skills pupils held a BBQ for invited guests as part of their ‘working with others’ coursework. During lessons leading up to the event pupils had planned and prepared for all aspects of the day deciding who would do what jobs including the shopping! We were thrilled that the newly elected Mayor, Councillor Marco Longhi and the Lady Mayoress were able to attend and who were entertained by some of our young people in Year 7c. With brilliant sunshine, good food and excellent hospitality the event was a great success. Well done to everyone involved. More photographs from on the day can be found on the photo gallery page of our website.
A reminder to all parents and carers that we will be holding our summer term progress and achievement event on Thursday 13th July 2017. Our termly meetings enable parents and carers to review their child’s progress and look at setting challenging targets for the coming term in addition to receiving their child’s summer term report. There is also the opportunity to complete our on line surveys which helps us to evaluate and review how we are doing as well as enjoying some refreshments organised by our Family Welfare Officers. All parents and carers are encouraged to take part in our satisfaction surveys and we would appreciate this being completed on line if you are unable to attend on Thursday (this is available on the parents/carers page of the School website). We look forward to hopefully welcoming you on Thursday.